ESA Launched Space Logistics Vehicle to ISS

European Space Agency (ESA) launch vehicle space for buses carrying logistics to the International Space Station (ISS), Friday (23/03/2012).

European Space Agency (ESA) launch vehicle space for buses carrying logistics to the International Space Station (ISS), Friday (23/03/2012).

Vehicle, named Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) came out with the Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou satellite launch center, French Guiana, at 01:30 local time or 11:30 pm.

ATV logistics of carrying water, food, oxygen, and fuel to support the operation of the six astronauts who are currently in charge at the international space station. Logistics weighing 20 tons which was taken ATV is the heaviest load ever carried cargo from the U.S. space shuttle program to stop.

Ariane rocket will bring the ATV to a height of 260 km above ground level, then the booster will continue to a height of 130 km longer.

“This is just the beginning of a long journey. There are critical phases, especially the meeting with the ISS is going to happen the night between September 28 and March 29 the French,” said ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain reported by the BBC website.

This is the third time the launch of the ATV. Prior ESA has launched a similar spacecraft in 2008 and 2011. For the third vehicle was given the nickname in honor of Edoardo Amaldi The Italian scientist who discovered slow neutrons which form the basis of nuclear power generation.

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